Steve T Power wrote:Totally with you guys in most respects, DEFINITELY the best film of 2009 thus far, with nary a sign of anything to dethrone it on the horizon.
I think, as of right now, i'm still slightly more the 300 fan (awesome review there Danno!), but that sort of cashes in on my fanboy love of all things swordy and historical and such. Not to say Watchmen isn't the better work (of that there is no doubt).
Plant me firmly in the "loved it" camp. I can honestly say there's nothing there i can pick on, which makes it better than The Dark Knight in my book.
Dan Mancini wrote:Also, dare I say it?: I prefer Snyder's ending to the squid/alien thing. It's narratively sound and doesn't come out of left field. Honestly, I'm sort of surprised Moore didn't think of it in the first place.
cdouglas wrote:the Nixon sequences were distracting (mostly due to the actor's horrible makeup and less than convincing performance). I also thought the Tyler Bates score was generic trash that had absolutely no sense of identity. Watchmen was a superb scoring opportunity and they really blew it. I did like the song choices, though... particularly Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable" in the tremendous opening sequence.
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I say the squid versus what hit the screen is apple and orange. Back in the Cold War the squid made sense since it was the only threat that could stop the escalation - a common enemy from space. But with today's modern sensibilities it makes more sense to have a weapon of "mass destruction" like Dr. Manhattan be a scapegoat. We like it because it fits the current era that much better, but back in 1989 or 90 I doubt it would resonate as well. I get why each one did what they did with the ending.
BrettCullum wrote:Back then we had no 9/11, and looking at a clinical hole in NYC with dead bodies around it was not nearly so disturbing and close to home. Snyder probably felt it would be in bad taste...
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